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Rep. Jim Himes: House Intel Committee Likely to See Comey Memos

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By    |   Wednesday, 17 May 2017 10:15 AM

The House Intelligence Committee will likely see former FBI Director James Comey's memo on Michael Flynn and whatever other memos exist, and it will want to hear testimony from Comey himself, Rep. Jim Himes said Wednesday.

"We're not even talking about the fact that apparently at a White House dinner, the president asked Comey, the director of the FBI, for a loyalty pledge," the Connecticut Democrat, who is an Intelligence Committee member, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program.

"Is this the United States or Bolivia? We're going to want to get into things around this memo."

Himes said lawmakers have not seen the memo, and does not know how many other memos there may be.

He also does not expect cooperation from the White House when it comes to answers about Comey's meeting with Trump.

"The president and his advisers, there's no way they are giving us the answer, which, of course, makes this into something which is a closed room," said Himes. "Jim Comey and the president [have] two very different versions of what happened.

"What's interesting about that is, I think I can probably say this in a way that most people would agree with, regardless of party, I don't think anybody has ever alleged that Jim Comey has been dishonest about anything," Himes continued.

"I'm pretty sure there's nobody around here who would say that about the president. If it becomes a he said, she said, or he said, he said, which it could, that is a very bad dynamic for President Trump."

Meanwhile, the first step Congress needs to make to come to a determination whether there could have been obstruction of justice involved in Trump's conversation with Comey is to "get those facts, get those memos."

"The first step for us here in Congress, of course, is to get those facts, get those memos. Fortunately we're seeing bipartisan interest in doing that. You saw the comment by the chairman [Rep. Jason Chaffetz] of the Oversight Committee."

Himes said that the level of concern about Trump is growing among congressional Republicans, but he would not say members of the president's party are turning away from him yet.

"You do see people stepping up," said Himes. "Jason Chaffetz did what he did yesterday, but he's announced his retirement. We're a long way on Capitol Hill from having a strong bipartisan consensus about exactly where this president is."

The controversies are damaging the Trump and Republican legislative agendas, Himes continued.

"It was tenuous when they got through their so-called healthcare bill in the House," Himes said. "You can still see teeth and blood on the floor here for what it cost to get them through the House.

"Now things like tax reform, which is very, very difficult in the best of times, with that cloud, with this cloud hanging over this building, that legislative agenda is all but gone."

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The House Intelligence Committee will likely see former FBI Director James Comey's memo on Michael Flynn and whatever other memos exist, and it will want to hear testimony from Comey himself, Rep. Jim Himes said Wednesday.
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